Esmé Harris

Esmé Harris

Founder

Born and educated in South Africa, Esmé briefly studied Ballet and Spanish. She introduced her three daughters, at a very early age, to a variety of dance genres and sports complimenting each other. Esmé encouraged consistency and discipline, soon realizing from their individual experiences the need and benefits of a vocational environment. After much research, supported by their travels to the United Kingdom, Europe, America, Russia and the East, Esmé assisted her daughter Sayward to implement the ‘Art of Motion Program’ in 2009, originally pioneered by her younger daughter Angelique since 1998, to produce extraordinary result.

Sayward Harris

Sayward Harris

Director, Resident Cecchetti Ballet Mistress, A.I.D.T Modern Teacher, FIG Rhythmic Gymnastics Coach & Judge

Sayward studied Ballet, Spanish, Modern and Tap dance techniques. She qualified with distinction as a Cecchetti associate in 2004, Associate Diploma in 2013 and her Licentiate in 2014. Sayward qualified her Speech & Drama Associates through Trinity London in 2005. She was appointed as a ballet mistress at the Sport and Arts Exchange in Pretoria in 2007. In 2010 she qualified Honors with Distinction for her A.I.D.T. Advanced modern associates. Sayward is a qualified FIG Rhythmic Gymnastic coach and brevet judge. In 2011 she passed the Exercise Sports Science for Coaches course. Over the past 4 years her students have been the recipients of numerous local and international dance and rhythmic gymnastics awards, Protea Colours, dance bursaries, international scholarships and professional contracts. Selected students have participated at the Cape Town & South African International Ballet Competition, the Youth American Grand Prix Finals in New York, Seoul International Dance Competition in Korea, Genée International Ballet Competition in Scotland and London, Cecchetti International Ballet Competition in Virginia USA and the United States of America International Ballet Competition in Jackson Mississippi USA, Prix de Lausanne in Switzerland, Varna International Ballet Competition and 33rd Kistenjdil Rhythmic Gymnastics International Competition in Bulgaria and the No Limits Rhythmic Gymnastics Competition in Belgium. Sayward commenced teaching Dance Studies part time at King David Victory Park in January 2014 and in 2016 accepted an opportunity to guest teach at the Ballet West Scotland summer intensive. Since 2013 Sayward has directed the productions of White Noise, Black Diamond, Kaleidoscope and ‘rOmpelstiltskin, BlankSpace & nOtenkraker by Sisters Harris’.

Angelique Harris

Angelique Harris

Junior Director, Resident Choreographer, Maestro Cecchetti Diploma (CUSA), RAD Ballet Mistress, A.I.D.T Modern Teacher, Rhythmic Gymnastics Coach & Judge

Angelique studied Ballet, Spanish, Modern, Tap, Irish and Latin American dance techniques and Rhythmic Gymnastics from the age of 3. She was awarded 12 dance championships, 4 scholarships and 3 bursaries locally by the age of 12. At the age of 9 she was cast as Alice for Ballet Theatre African’s season of the Adventures of Alice in 2001 and as Clara for South African Ballet Theatre 2001, 2002 & 2003 seasons of the Nutcracker. As a National and International Rhythmic Gymnastics Gold medalist she represented South Africa in Thais France in 2004 and ranked 11th globally. During the Royal Ballet School London summer intensive in 2004 Angelique was selected to study at the school and later received an invitation for a further 2 years. In 2009 she joined South African Ballet Theatre, participated at the American Ballet Theatre’s Collegiate New York summer intensive in 2010 and in 2012 was awarded her Maestro Enrico Cecchetti Final Diploma with Merit as a dancer in California by Cecchetti United States of America. In 2013 Angelique began choreographing for the I Dance Productions of ‘White Noise’, ‘Black Diamond’, in 2014 ‘Kaleidoscope’ and 2017 ‘BlankSpace by Sisters Harris’. She choreographed her first full length contemporary production ‘rOmpelsiltskin by Sisters Harris’ in 2016 and in 2017 ‘nOtenkraker by Sisters Harris’ was her first full length ballet. In 2014 and 2016 her choreography was awarded the winning contemporary solo variation at the South African International Ballet Competition and the Cecchetti International Ballet Competition in Virginia USA. She received the 2014 ‘Just Dance Drum Café’ choreographic award and was a finalist in the 2015 and 2016 Arts and Culture Impact Awards. Angelique was contracted as dance captain for Janice Honeyman’s Pantomime ‘Sleeping Beauty’ in 2015, accepted a part time teaching opportunity at the 'Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls’ in 2016 and visited Ballet West Scotland as a guest teacher for the summer intensive.

Christopher Montague

Christopher Montague

R.A.D. Ballet Master

Born Stockholm, Sweden, where his parents were both dancers with the Royal Swedish Ballet. Started his training in Dublin under his father’s tutelage and was a founder member of the Dublin City Ballet, in 1980 won a scholarship to train at the Houston Ballet School in Texas. In 1983 joined Vienna Festival Ballet as a soloist, and in 1984 was an original cast member of “On Your Toes” in the West End of London. In 1985 joined the State Theatre Ballet, then PACT Ballet, as a soloist, and was promoted Principal in 1992. After the State Theatre closed in 2000, guested with Cape Town City Ballet before returning to Pretoria, to open a private studio. At present is an Assistant Director of the Youth Dance Company of Tshwane, with his wife Tanja Graafland, and is Principal teacher of Pro Arte Ballet Academy Senior School, as well as working on various teaching and coaching projects. Christopher has danced many major roles and received awards from Friends of the Ballet, DALRO and FNB Vita. He has also stage managed numerous major productions in SA.

Heidi Wright

Heidi Wright

Open Ballet Mistress, Pilates Instructor

Heidi Wright trained with Madame Antonova (Ballet Russe), James Jameison in Wilmington, Kathleen Gorham and Madame Boranvansky in Melbourne and the Pennsylvania Ballet School. Mrs. Wright performed in many productions in the U.S.A, Japan, Canada and Bermuda. In 1990, Mrs. Wright began her studies as a teacher of ballet in both the Cecchetti and Russian methods. She also certified as a Pilates instructor in mat, allegro, studio and post rehabilitation with Pilates Elder Lolita San Miguel, Polestar, Pilates Method Alliance and Pink Ribbon and holds degrees in all the disciplines listed. She holds Fellowship and Enrico Cecchetti Diploma with both Cecchetti I.S.T.D. and U.S.A. as well as her teacher and examiner diploma with the United Kingdom Alliance of Professional Teachers of Dance. Mrs. Wright served as a committee member for the Cecchetti Society U.S.A and as a member of ICHPER.SD. She has guest taught, lectured and written articles for dance both nationally and internationally.
Mrs. Wright relocated to South Africa in 2010 and is currently teaching both ballet and Pilates at South African Mzansi Ballet, Beautifulmind Pilates and at various private venues. Heidi teaches Pilates and open ballet classes at Art of Motion.

Xolani Dangazele

Xolani Dangazele

African Dance Master

Teacher Training Diploma’. He founded ‘Edu Dance’ and performed at many outreach projects focusing on creating HIV/ AIDS awareness through dance. In 2001 he successfully auditioned for the ‘London Contemporary Dance School’ and was awarded a Diploma as the ‘Most Committed Dancer’ for the year by the British Council. He performed in Richard Lorings ‘Africa Footprint’ and toured Israel, France, Germany, Holland, Switzerland, South America and London until 2007. He has performed at various festivals and award ceremonies. Since 2008 he has been sharing knowledge and skill with many students including those at Art of Motion.

Peter Williams

Peter Williams

Swimming Coach

Peter achieved Top 20 World Rankings as an 18 year old, albeit during South Africa’s sports isolation period. He was rewarded for his efforts with a sport scholarship to the University of Nebraska- Lincoln. During his first year in the USA Peter broke the world record for the 50m Freestyle, but was unable to attend the 1988 Seoul Olympics. Peter did, however, achieve 4th place at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics. His unique understanding of the dynamics in sport in South Africa has led him to establish one of the most successful clubs in the country. Peter has represented South Africa and Switzerland at international senior level as a coach on numerous occasions. Both senior and junior students swim twice a week.